I have been researching my ancestors and building my family tree for over 30 years and compiling my information with the help of living relatives, Family Tree Maker, Ancestry.com and loads of photos, certificates, binders and boxes.
I have visited libraries, family history centre archives, neighbourhoods, cemeteries and new found family members. I've met and developed friendships with second, third, fourth and fifth cousins in Canada, the UK, the US and Australia - some
online and several in person.
I have always wanted to write "stories" about my ancestors to add some life to all the facts and records.
Through Ancestry.com, I recently heard about the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge". The premise: write
once a week about a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, a research problem — any that focuses on that one ancestor.
So, I've decided to accept the Challenge and finally get to my plan of bringing my acestors
to life through this blog. My goal for 2014 is to focus on one ancestor each week, in no particular order, on both the maternal and paternal sides of my family - some I will know a lot about and others not so much. However that is the
reality of genealogy.
While I accept this challenge for myself, in honour of my ancestors, and with hope that my descendants and "collateral" family members will enjoy the blog, it will be a nice bonus if others are interested in our stories